June 2, 2009
Just One Tear is one of the most ambitious tracks on the album, but also one of my favorites. The excellent vocals are still key but the music is wrapped around them very nicely. The alternative feel and the rock out sound of the song give it a lot of energy and Boucher is a master in building up suspense in the song. Just One Tear sounds fresh and exciting and while it’s not necessarily as mainstream as most songs on the radio, it could definitely be a good single.
Speaking of singles, Gun For A Tongue is the 2nd single off “Scary Fragile” and you can immediately hear why. It has a very catchy beat and while the intro might be a little long, it’s just the right length. Butterfly Boucher’s almost soulful vocals give way for the listener to be drawn in, and when the song starts picking up on pace and intensity you’re already hooked. She repeats that trick several times in the song and it works remarkably well. The addition of some surprising instrumentals to accentuate the strengths of the song are also very interesting.
Title track Scary Fragile has a very filmesque intro and the singer/songwriter sound reigns in this song. It has a mysterious and soothing feel to it at the same time. It’s hard to grasp the song in one listen, but it is so very pretty. And it’s followed up by the pointy Bright Red which is tons of fun. It’s not the most original song on the album but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It has a good drive, nice tempo and it’s a great song to just listen to or sing along to. Would make a pretty decent radio song too. Especially with that catchy chorus.
The intro of Keeper has a distinct 007 feel to it. After the intro, however, it evolves into a melodic spectacle of great indie pop/rock. 007 peaks back in sometimes and it’s that recurring theme that ties the whole thing together. Not the album’s best track, but a very fine song nonetheless.
I liked They Say You Grow right from the start. It has a very nice sound to it and the lyrics are pretty good too. The song rolls and it flows. It’s not necessarily catchy in the traditional way but it sure does a good job at sticking in your head. One of the best tracks on the album. And that same fresh, enthusiastic sound continues in Keeping Warm. The sound of the song wasn’t what I was expecting, but the song is really good. It’s in the middle of a singer/songwriter song and an indie pop song. It combines those qualities into a very refreshing song.
To Feel Love wasn’t really my favorite song on the album. It has a pretty good drive, but the melodic indie feel of the song didn’t do it for me. The beat makes it sorta catchy, which pleas for the song, but musically it never really gets me as excited as the rest of the album. But the single that preceded the album also ends it. A Bitter Song which many already heard on tv shows like Grey’s Anatomy is a good way to end the album. Maybe also a safe way to end the album, but what’s wrong with that? The piano ballad is filled with emotion and true musicianship. A little irony, a little hope, a little surprise, a little wondering. Everything’s in it. It’s a song that doesn’t have to thrive on a catchy rhythm or a signature beat. It can stand on its own and that’s why it’s such a good song.
I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect since it’s been years since Butterfly Boucher’s last release, but I have to admit I’m positively surprised by this excellent record. The strength lies in the songwriting and the vocals but also in Boucher’s ability to make the songs come alive. The album sounds fresh and exciting and it’s a good basis for Butterfly Boucher to contine to build her career. She is an excellent songwriter and a good musician with powerful vocals. And “Scary Fragile” is a product to be proud of.